Successful fundraiser has consequences for teacher

November 8, 2017 by  

The Parent-Teacher Association of Longacre Elementary School in Farmington Hills recently held a fun run, and set a goal of raising $20,000 at the event.

Last year, the yearly event raised $19,295. This year, $22,763 was raised by students who received pledges from family and friends. This amount sets a record for the school.

Money raised by the run goes toward funding Leader in Me (LIM) activities at the school. The Leader in Me program is based on the best-selling book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey. With Covey’s principles in mind, children learn skills that will help prepare them for 21st-century leadership. Some of the things students learn include putting first things first (such as finishing their work before they start playing) and learning to listen before they speak. The school is only the fifth in the state to meet the standards that allow the Leader in Me program to be implemented.

On Halloween, students got their reward for outraising their goal—they duct-taped PE teacher Greg Thompson to a flag pole. Thompson wore warm clothing, and allowed the kids to take turns wrapping him up during their recess periods. Since the break is 2½ hours long in total, Thompson spent lots of time taped to the pole.

Outdoor events like this can be enhanced when organizers work with a banner printing company to create fun banners to decorate the course.